President Trump announced plans Friday to expand 5G networks, opening up a record amount of new radio frequencies and keeping the US abreast of tech rivals like China.
“We want to be the leader in this, we’re the leader in everything else,” he said at the White House before cracking that the US would next “go for 6,” referring to a 6G network.
“The race to 5G is a race that America must win. It’s a race that we will win,” he said. “But we must not rest, the race is not over.”
The president said 5G would be many times faster than 4G and called it “pretty amazing.”
Trump also said the feds would push to get networks installed first in rural and farm country.
And he announced plans for a $20 billion fund to help wireless companies remain competitive with other tech giants.
Introducing 5G could enable the type of rapid technical progress unleashed when 4G was introduced, such as the rise of smartphone apps like Spotify and Uber.